Liverpool have today confirmed that Daniel Sturridge picked up an ankle injury in training on Friday but the extent of his injury is not yet known. A statement on Liverpoolfc.com said:
Liverpool Football Club can confirm Daniel Sturridge will be assessed by the club’s medical staff today after the striker rolled his ankle in training.
The 24-year-old was a late substitute in the Reds’ 3-3 draw against Everton last weekend – and the England international netted in the 89th minute to clinch a point at Goodison Park.
Sturridge returned to training at Melwood this week; however, he sustained an ankle sprain which will require further assessment.
This news comes as a blow to Liverpool as we gear up for the hectic Christmas period. If Sturridge has suffered ankle ligament damage then he could be out for at least 6 weeks. With the high number of games coming up for Liverpool in this period, Luis Suarez will have to be at his best to keep the goals coming in for the Reds.
Sturridge’s injury could also give someone else an opportunity to step up and perform for Liverpool. Joe Allen started the Merseyside Derby whist Sturridge was on the bench and although we will all remember Allen for the miss in that game, he actually did a decent job playing in the midfield. Rodgers may opt to keep Allen in the side during Sturridge’s absence.
Rodgers has other options as he can opt to play Victor Moses in the side alongside Suarez or push Moses to the right with Suarez in the middle and Coutinho on the left. Luis Alberto is another player who could come in and benefit from Sturridge’s absence.
Liverpool fans have today taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on Sturridge’s injury. What are your thoughts?
— michael lewis (@mrlewis62) November 30, 2013
Seems like one of Suarez/Sturridge/Coutinho are always unavailable and never get the chance to play properly together.
— steven (@StevenWiffen7) November 30, 2013
Sturridge out ? Please give luis Alberto a run
— Stulaa (@stulfc5) November 30, 2013
Come on people even without sturridge and coutinho we shud be too strong for hull surely right? #LFC
— CHAMPIONS#19 (@SunnySingh2k11) November 30, 2013
Sturridge injured and out for 5-6 weeks, no good news. We need Sturridge fit and ready. Have to trust Suarez and Couthino…..
— ??NorwegianKop??LFC (@Larssoberg) November 30, 2013